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TWITTER BAN: Federal Government and Twitter close to agreement

The Federal Government and Twitter are planning to seal a deal that will pave the way for the lifting of the indefinite suspension slammed on the United States-micro-blogging platform, it was learnt yesterday.

Two major issues are however, delaying the lifting of the June 4, 2021 ban. They are the timeframe for the opening of an office by Twitter and the appointment of a Nigerian representative.

The two terms were given by the Federal Government as conditions for lifting  the indefinite suspension.

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed made this known after yesterday’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the two parties had agreed on most of the conditions, adding that the suspension would be lifted “in a matter of weeks.”

He however, added that Twitter had insisted that the earliest it could establish an office in Nigeria is 2022.

The minister expressed confidence that everything, including the appointment of a manager by Twitter to serve as its representative in the country, were being discussed.

He said a committee negotiating with Twitter will meet on the agreement soon and make recommendations.

Mohammed added: “I want to say that the end for an amicable solution is very much insight.

“We quite appreciate the anxiety of Nigerians who have been worried that two months after the suspension, we’ve not been able to finalise talks, but I just want to assure you that we have made tremendous progress. And when I say tremendous, really tremendous.




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